life-form

noun

ˈlīf-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce life-form (audio)
-ˌfȯrm
: the body form that characterizes a kind of organism (such as a species) at maturity
also : a kind of organism

Examples of life-form in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anything salvaged would need to be carefully checked for contamination from Earth's soils and life-forms. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2023 Perhaps the most reliable path to genuine restoration of our planet is to heed the wisdom of Indigenous communities around the world who look upon other life-forms as relatives instead of resources. Chirag Dhara, Scientific American, 8 Nov. 2023 But what about humbler life-forms that don’t readily inspire the same emotions — insects, fungi, worms, rodents — that may nonetheless be no less important in their ecosystems? Moises Velasquez-Manoff, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2023 To do what’s right (which involves blowing up the Death Star-like Nomad), Joshua must wrap his mind around the idea that AI are sentient, emotional life-forms. Peter Debruge, Variety, 26 Sep. 2023 Following Aristotle, Linnaeus placed all life-forms in three kingdoms: animal, vegetable, and mineral. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 14 Aug. 2023 And even within those ancient environments, most life-forms never made it into the fossil record. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 July 2023 Also in the fossil trove are tiny enigmatic holdovers from the preceding Cambrian explosion, a period that started about 540 million years ago, when a burst of diverse life-forms emerged. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 10 May 2023 Researchers hope that water samples from more than 10 000 meters down will contain strange new life-forms. Eliza Strickland, IEEE Spectrum, 29 Feb. 2012 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of life-form was in 1850

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“Life-form.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/life-form. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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